Banff travel guide

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You're Going to Love Banff

With a population of 7,502, Banff is a must-see destination in Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Banff has to offer.

Where to Eat in Banff

If you’re looking for affordable options, Hello Sunshine Japanese Restaurant (208 Wolf Street B) and Three Bears Brewery (205 Bear St) are great picks.

When to visit Banff

Banff in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 240
1 night at 3-star hotel
Banff in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 240
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Banff in July, when the average temperature is 15 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as -13 °C, with an average temperature of -9 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in June, when precipitation is around 68 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Banff, with an average rainfall of 17 mm.

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How to Get to Banff


Although Banff doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Calgary Airport (YYC), which is located 108 km from Banff. Calgary Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from WestJet, Air Canada, Air France and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest domestic flight to Banff departs from Abbotsford and takes around 1h 15m.


Another option to get to Banff is to pick up a car rental from Calgary, which is about 106 km from Banff. You’ll find branches of Turo and Avis, among others, in Calgary.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Banff, including Cold Shot, Red Arrow and Ebus. The most popular bus station is Banff Banff, Ab, located 0.8 km from downtown Banff. Banff Red-Carpet Inn is also a commonly used station, and is 0.7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Banff

Airlines serving Banff

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,489 reviews)
Air France
Good (491 reviews)
United Airlines
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Austrian Airlines
Good (303 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
Good (2,002 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
Excellent (466 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
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Cathay Pacific
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Where to stay in Banff

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hi Banff Alpine Centre and Homestead Inn Banff.

Where to stay in popular areas of Banff

Most booked hotels in Banff

Moose Hotel and Suites
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 301+
Fairmont Banff Springs
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 551+
Castle Mountain Chalets
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 227+
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 324+
Fox Hotel And Suites
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 188+
Banff Park Lodge
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 157+
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Renting a car in Banff

Renting a car in Banff costs C$ 96 per day, on average, or C$ 288 if you want to rent it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 8% more expensive than at Calgary.

Expect to pay C$ 1.71 per litre in Banff (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 20.44 and C$ 27.25. The most frequently booked car type in Banff is Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Class Economy Car or similar) are, on average, 54% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.